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james brown, cbs news, new york. >> arthur ashe, what a winnerer. from the new york broadcast it's wednesday, september 12th, 2018, this is the "cbs morning news." in harm's way, millions of americans are in the path of hurricane florence. the mass evacuation as we're learning the storm may change direction when it approaches landfall. and after weeks of relative silence, pope francis is ready to talk to american cardinals and bishops about the clergy sex abuse crisis.
good morning from the studio 57 newsroom at cbs news headquarters here in new york. good to be with you, i'm anne-marie green. we begin with monster hurricane florence. even the director of the national hurricane service says this one really scares him. here's what you need to know. florence is a dangerous category four storm with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and is expected to get stronger. its center will likely approach the coast of north or south carolina late tomorrow or early friday. florence is forecast to slow down, subjecting the coast and inland areas to rain that is measured in feet resulting in catastrophic flooding. laura podesta is here in new york with the details on the evacuation orders. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. this morning over 5 1/2 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches. over 1 1/2 million living along
the coast in three states have been told to evacuate ahead of the life-threatening storm surge. as hurricane florence barrels toward the southeastern u.s., officials are not mincing words about the dangers ahead. >> difficult, ominous. >> this storm is a monster. >> reporter: president trump declared a federal state of emergency for the region. >> it's tremendously big and tremendously wet. >> reporter: in virginia and the carolinas people along the coast are doing everything they can to prepare before the powerful storm makes landfall. 8-year-old josh crabtree worked with his family to fill sandbags in virginia beach. >> it's hard but actually kind of fun at the same time. >> reporter: in myrtle beach, hunter and susan platt boarded up their house before evacuating. >> we got our important things out. >> yeah. >> our pictures and special things. >> reporter: zatia and her family were bussed from the
north carolina coast and will spend the next several days in a hospital that's a shelter others are going to ride out the storm. >> we're surrounded by water. i couldn't. >> reporter: others are going to ride out the storm. >> the looters, the people after the storm scare me, not so much the storm. >> reporter: from massachusetts to texas to california, first responders around the country are making their way to the region. >> hopefully the folks there on the east coast are going to get out of harm's way. >> reporter: many coastal towns have already instituted mandatory evacuation orders. one model suggests they could get as much as 45 inches of rain. in some areas. another concern is florence as rains could cause an environmental disaster in north carolina where waste from hog manure pitts and coal ash dumps could rush into homes and threaten drinking water.
>> thank you so much. wes hohenstein, the chief meteorologist at our sister station says the big question is where it goes once it comes ashore. >> not since the '90s has a major hurricane made landfall in north carolina but that could change later this week. the track remains high in confidence when it comes to the next few days, keeping it as a category four hurricane. the confidence goes down, the uncertainty goes up as it approaches land and as it makes landfall early friday morning. that's why the cone looks more like a large circle at the end and not the traditional national hurricane center forecast cone you're used to. confidence continues to be high when it comes to the computer models. early friday morning the american model, the gfs keeps it just offshore near wilmington and the european model agrees with that. the uncertainty comes after that. and to explain that better, we go back to the hurricane center forecast from thursday morning to friday morning. it approaches landfall, north
carolina landfall early friday morning. but then notice how the uncertainty grows as the circle grows as a slow-moving storm dumps a lot of rain on north and south carolina. well, animal shelters and rescue groups are evacuating ahead of the storm. a shelter in beaufort, south carolina, drove more than three dozen animals to a shelter in broward county, florida. that had space. 20 cats, 16 dogs, and a bunny arrived last night after a nine-hour drive. and david begnaud has the latest on hurricane florence from wrightsville beach, north carolina. president trump says the federal government is as ready as anybody has ever been to respond to hurricane florence, but this morning it's what the president said about the response to hurricane maria which ravaged puerto rico that's drawing a lot of attention. >> the job that fema and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in puerto rico i think was
tremendous. i think that puerto rico was an incredible, unsung success. >> well, last night the mayor of san juan tweeted if he thinks the death of 3,000 people say success, god help us all. the death toll from maria on puerto rico was raised from 64 to nearly 3 thousand. it hit a year ago and it took months before power was restored to the island. tomorrow, the pope will meet with a u.s. delegation of cardinals and bishops to discuss the church's sexual abuse cover-up. the american clergy want to know how one of their own ex-cardinal mccarrick continued to get promoted despite allegations that he slept with seminarians. the vatican has known since 2000 concerning the allegations against mccarrick yet was made archbishop and a cardinal in 2001. the clergy wants the pope to
authorize an investigation. america remembered the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with somber ceremonies. lights representing the manhattan twin towers lit the skyline. the attack changed many aspects of our lives, particularly when it comes to airport security. kris van cleave reports on new technology that is not without its critics. >> reporter: in the last three weeks new facial recognition technology at washington's dulles airport has caught to imposters illegally trying to enter the u.s. a woman from ghana with someone else's passport. with his real identification hidden in his shoe, and a 26-year-old man from the congo tried to enter with a different passport. >> we're trying to make sure visitors depart the country timely but also making sure we avoid imposters. someone using a document that doesn't belong to them to try to enter the u.s. >> reporter: customs and border protection is testing this
nationwide. they take a picture of a traveler and they compare it against a database, a passport or visa pictures belonging to people scheduled to fly that day. it's optional for u.s. citizens. pictures are stored for no more than 14 days. >> the facial recognition is very accurate. even old photograph, we're seeing high mass rates, 99% plus if we have a photograph of that traveler. >> reporter: but there are concerns that may not always be true and could lead to the flagging of minorities falsely more free lently. they put every member of congress through a different face recognition system. 28 lawmakers were identified as people being arrested, a disproportionate number of those was congressmen of color. another was ed markey. >> go slow. it's better to be able to ensure americans, that their privacy the privacy of americans is not being compromised. >> customs says the system should work in two seconds, which should reduce wait times.
it's also being thought of being used as a boarding pass so to allow travelers one day to travel with just their face. kris van cleave, cbs news, washington. the movement time's up wants cbs to reconsider the the exit package it tentatively plans to gift to ousted moonves. instead, they're calling on the board to give them money that fight sexual harassment at work. time's up wants the cbs board to change hiring practices and workplace culture at cbs. cbs said it will donate $20 million to groups that support the me too movement. coming up on the morning news now, elizabeth smart's outrage. smart is speaking out as one of her kidnappers is set to walk free. and a man is accuse of trying to stab a republican congressional candidate. this is the "cbs morning news." is the c"cbs morning news." mike: i've tried lots of things for my joint pain.
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stabbing of a congressional candidate. a notorious kidnapper is set to walk free. those are some of the headlines on the morning news stand. the salt lake tribune reports elizabeth smart says its incomprehensible that one of her kidnappers will be freed from priss son next week. they say they miscalculated the time wanda barzee served in federal custody so she'll be released five years earlier than expected. she has spent more than 15 years behind bars. she pleaded guilty to helping her husband brian david mitchell kidnap smart in 2002 when she was just fourteen. mitchell is serving a life sentence for kidnapping and raping smart. barzee's family says they don't plan to take her in. >> is she welcome here? >> no, she's not. sorry. she's not. >> smart, who is now 30, said that she was surprised and disappointed that barzee will be freed because barzee had not cooperated with her mental
health evaluation. the lancing state journal reports a woman filed a lawsuit against michigan state university claiming former school dr. larry nasser drugged, dr. larry nassar drugged and raped her in 1992. erika davis says she was a 17-year-old field hockey player when she sought the treatment for a knee injury. she felt the session had been video taped and later became pregnant. she said perles was aware of it and dismissed it. nasser is serving decades in prison for molesting athletes and child pornography. the san francisco chronicle says a california man allegedly shouted profanities about president trump and tried to stab a republican congressional candidate. authorities say 35-year-old farzad fazeli attacked peters with a switch blade sunday at the castro valley fall festival.
nobody was seriously injured. fazeli was arrested of making threats. and a man was arrested after trying to booby trap his own house. they say the 73-year-old man rigged the home's entrances and wins doze to prevent break-ins. >> he took it upon himself to rig his home with explosive devices which were a small metal like object containing a shotgun shell. >> they say he rigged it with weapons to hurt him. a deputy that entered the house was also wounded by a gunshot or booby trap explosive. he was not seriously hurt. still to come, the ntsb offers new safety recommendations for motorcycles.
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property insurance companies and buying stock in home improvement companies and firms that sell construction supplies. most insurance companies fell between 3% and 5% over the last week. gas prices are also higher as investors anticipate fuel shortages due to the storm. as for the broader market action, u.s. stocks rose yesterday. tech and consumer-focused companies continue to recover from recent losses. the dow rallied nearly 114 points. the s&p 500 added 10 and the nasdaq gained 48. new safety features maybe required on motorcycles. the national transportation safety board is recommending that all new motorcycles have antilock brakes and electronic stability control as standard equipment. the ntsb unanimously voted to make the recommendation to the
a new jersey man is being investigated for misusing go fund me donations meant for a homeless veteran is out on bail this morning after being arrested on unrelated charges. mark d'amico was arrested for not showing up to court on other charges. he and his girlfriend face possible criminal charges in the case involving the homeless man's money. anna werner has the story. >> reporter: it was nearly a year ago when the man giving his last $20 to help out a woman stranded on the highway went viral. the couple collected $400 on go fund me to pay bobbit's kindness back. but now a lawyer who is representing them in civil court told the judge in a letter one or both of them will likely be indicted. last week, authorities could be seen towing away a bmw from the couple's home. their lawyer said the home was raid by the local prosecutor's
office and records were seized as well as their personal property. bobbit had filed suit claiming the couple spent more than half the money. last month on nbc, mark d'amico and kate mcclure denied it. >> have you spent one dollar of that 400,000 on yourself. >> no. >> reporter: the couple said bobbit spent some of the money on drugs and they're getting death threats. >> i still think we did a good thing and aido it all over again. >> reporter: adrian gonzalez runs a website called go fraud me calling attention to frefrg people faking cancer to lying about funeral expenses. >> i don't believe this will happen again. but i believe it happens on a very small scale pretty regularly on the platform. >> go fund me now confirms that bobbit will get the total $400,000. they say they will make up whatever he did not receive. but they say this type of case is extremely rare. anna werner, cbs news, new york.
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our top stories this morning, hurricane florence is expected to make landfall near the carolina coast late thursday or early friday. florence is a life-threatening category four storm with sustained winds of 140 miles per hour. once on shore it's expected to slow down, unloading a drenching rain measured in feet that has the potential to trigger widespread flooding. 5.4 million people in the carolinas and virginia are under hurricane watches or warnings this morning. and tomorrow, pope francis plans to meet with two american cardinals and other american clergy to discuss the church's
sex abuse scandal. the americans want an investigation into accusations that the pope knew of sexual misconduct allegations against former cardinal theodore mccarrick but promoted him anyway. on tuesday, victims of the september 11th attacks were honored at the site of a new memorial in pennsylvania where flight 93 crashed. chip reid was there. >> reporter: the names of the 40 passengers and crew members of flight 93 were solemnly read aloud near the field where their lives were lost. soon after flight 93 took off, it was hijacked by terrorist. passengers and crew members phoned loved ones and learned that two planes had already struck the world trade towers. they voted and decided to act. >> they bravely charged the cockpit.
they attacked the enemy. they fought until the very end. >> reporter: on sunday, the tower of voices was dedicated here. the final piece of the memorial. when finished, it will contain 40 wind chimes that will sound like this. they are intended to recall the voices of the passengers and crew in their final heartbreaking calls and voicemails. >> please tell my children that i love them very much. i hope to be able to see your face again, baby. >> reporter: gordon felt is president of the families of flight 93. his brother ed felt was a passenger on the plane. what does the tower the voices add to this memorial? >> it's a symbol of defiance, 93 feet tall standing at the entrance of this memorial defiantly speaking for our loved ones. >> reporter: loved ones who found heroes within and will be honored here for countless
generations to come. chip reid, cbs news, shanks slil, pennsylvania. coming up, as the n.l. season gets underway, male dancers will be dancing on the sidelines with their female counterparts. we'll talk with them. plus, in our series profiles in service, we'll meet the first woman to lead the corps of cadets and electric scooters are a popular way to get around in cities across the country but there are safety concerns as the injuries rise. that's morning news this morning, thanks for watching i'm anne-marie green. anne-marie green. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
look at all the lights out there. a beautiful morning. i'm michelle griego. >> let's take a morning to mary lee. i can already feel a little bit of a chill in the air. >> it's the start of a cool down. it's a nice way to start the day. as we go through the rest of the afternoon we will see the temperatures much cooler than yesterday. thanks to a cold front that is kicking up the winds and cooling down the temperatures. mostly clear skies and partly cloudy in some locations. but looking great. concord is looking at 63. 54 in oakland. livermore at 54. and the 40s to start the day in santa rosa. as we go through the day we are looking at a cooldown that continues. increasing gusty winds westerly to northwesterly at